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This week a group of Tibetan Monks are in town creating a sand mandala at Genesee Community College. The mandala’s are murals made from grains of colorful sand.

Traditionally they are destroyed after they’re created then placed into the nearest body of water. When this sandy creation is finished it will be put into a bag and be placed in the Tonawanda Creek.

The Monks are from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta. Their Spokesman Tanzin Nawang said GCC’s mandala symbolizes love, compassion and wisdom.

"The one purpose of destroying the mandala is to remind us of the inpermanent nature of our being, nobody lives forever right, that's important to remember," said Nawang. 

The project is being done as part of a long list of ceremonies for inauguration celebration week for new college President Jim Sunser. His inauguration is Saturday, May 5th. 

The dismantling of the Mandala will take place this Friday, May 4th at 10a.m. near on the footbridge near the Holland Land Office Museum.

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